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Ostersund v Arsenal. Welcome to the most wonderful fairy story in football.

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal will play Ostersund in the next Europa Cup round on February in Sweden and at the Ems on February 22. It is, I suspect, a dream draw for the club, although let me say at once I don’t have a Swedish correspondent to check this with. If I have made mistakes […]

As the Premier League embraces the Euro model, competition is more or less deceased

by Tony Attwood

Bayern Munich have won the German league five times in a row.

In fact they have won it 27 times, which is a record. And they are currently eight points above their nearest rival at the top of the league, so that might well be six times in a row, come next […]

Arsenal transfer market revived with amazing transfer reports.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

I am sure it has nothing to do with it, but the little series we’ve been running on the real transfer news (see the links at the end of this piece) – looking at the players Arsenal are actually likely to sell and therefore which replacements are needed – has […]

Southampton – Arsenal : 1-1

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal starting with : Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Özil, Alexis, Lacazette. On the beach we had Ospina, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Wilshere, Iwobi, Giroud, Welbeck.

The first real attack from Southampton and Austin scored. Arsenal losing the ball in their own defence and Southampont with a quick move setting on […]

Southampton v Arsenal the teams amidst the threat of snow

By Bulldog Drummond

Flipping through the tittle tattle this morning, one of my favourite lines comes from “101 Great Goals” which tells us

With less than a month to go until the January transfer window opens, it’s no real surprise to see rumours in the […]

Southampton v Arsenal; modest home v modest away, but WHU lurking.

By Bulldog Drummond

If you are a really, really long term reader of Untold you might recall that one of our first campaigns to was expose what we called Rotational Fouling. It was a notion that the media ignored, and commentators laughed at us in relation to. We were out on our own (how often […]

Southampton Arsenal: a chance to test the theory that we don’t need a new centre half

By Bulldog Drummond

Our recent (and on going) series on what will really happen in terms of transfers next month has already suggested that goalkeepers and wing backs are not on the agenda. But when it comes to centre backs (or as we used to say in the ancient days, centre halves) there could be […]

Southampton v Arsenal Sunday 10 Dec 2017 – The Match Officials. Outstandingly good and awful

by Andrew Crawshaw

Another week and another referee we have had before this season

Referee – Bobby Madley Age 31 from West Yorkshire and FIFA accredited Assistant Referee 1 – Stephen Child from Kent and FIFA accredited Assistant Referee 2 – Marc Perry from the West Midlands Fourth official – Graham Scott Age 49 from […]

Premier League moves towards our suggestions, although more out of desperation than agreement

by Tony Attwood

It was, I think, about five years ago that Blacksheep, Walter and I drew up a list of ten reforms that between us we felt could make Premier League football much more enjoyable all round, and one of these was the live TV broadcasting of all matches with a return to all […]

Arsenal II hit six as the sneering and sarcasm from the Guardian drones on and on

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal II – that second team of Mr Wenger’s has had a fair run of games in the Europa and the League Cup, and that has no doubt benefited a lot of the squad who by now are used to playing together. It also allows them to make a claim for […]

Arsenal II – Bate Borisov : 6-0 with Jack the boss

By Walter Broeckx

The starting line up for Arsenal was Ospina, Debuchy, Holding, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Elneny, Wilshere, Walcott, Welbeck, Giroud. Lots of youngsters on the beach.

A first dangerous attack with a cross from Debuchy to Walcott who heads it to Giroud who lays it off to Elneny and his left footed shot hits […]

Arsenal and the Tractor Boys: the final instalment.

By Tony Attwood

A Prize to the Football Forecast website for noticing that if BATE actually beat Arsenal and Red Star and Cologne draw, then BATE could qualify for the knock outs. Here’s the table to prove it

Group H Team P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Arsenal 5 3 1 1 […]

What is the benefit of football pundits and journalists insulting their audience? We should be told!

By Tony Attwood

It has been interesting to read the media’s response to the little tiff that occurred when Match of the Day presenters got rather miffed at being called out over alleged bias against Arsenal.

The Guardian and the Telegraph handled the event in slightly different ways. The Telegraph […]

The real January transfer news and the signing of a new centre back

by Sir Hardly Anyone

The Metro on 26 August this year told us “Arsene Wenger is ready to green light a late exodus to raise funds for two massive January arrivals.”

Explaining who they thought would be leaving the club the paper said that Arsenal risked “losing a number of players before the window slams […]

The curious case of Clattenburg and the laws

by Don McMahon

In his most recent article, Tony quite accurately reviewed the seriously flawed logic of Mr.Clattenburg and his rather bizarre public revelation about how he manipulated a game to achieve a personal end.

Some people posted criticisms of UA’s concerns but there are many other issues that Tony didn’t mention and I’d like […]

Us foreigners and the real thing.

By Johnny Foreigner

Every now and again at UA an idea crops up, either suggesting that somebody somewhere is an ‘original fan’ or that someone else is a ‘foreigner’. Unfortunately both ideas have implications which are impossible to verify once we start to scrabble around a bit under the surface.

The idea of being a […]

Arsenal v the Tractor Boys – the final part of the Europa League part one

by Tony Attwood

The trouble with home and away ties against teams that we don’t know too much about is that one tends to use up all the information available in the first leg. When it comes to the second leg there then isn’t too much to say.

But rather than offer you a blank […]

And so Arsenal face Olympiacos in the FA Cup.

By Tony Attwood

It must be fun to be Paul Merson’s scriptwriter, coming up with ever more crazy things to. say each day. But also a worry given that everything said then has to be outdone, and always in comparison to that masterstroke about Olympiakos:

“I could win the league with Olympiakos. I am […]

Arsenal U18s – early December update, 100% home record, no wins away!

by Andrew Crawshaw

It has been a while since I did an update on our junior teams and I thought I would start with the U18s. They have been active on two fronts so far this season – the U18 League and the Premier League U18 Cup. They start in the third round of the […]

Wright and Shearer lose the thread, Wright apologises, but neither really gets it

By Tony Attwood

Context, logic, breadth of analysis, overview and detail, evidence… the sort of things I learned when studying science and the scientific method, and then later psychology. I wasn’t a particularly brilliant student, and certainly not a brilliant scientist, but I think I got the thread. You know things by gathering evidence, making […]

Clattenburg confirms what we feared: referees are making up their own rules

By Tony Attwood

A major part of the argument that suggests that referees are not following the laws of the game but are following a different set of rules has come from Mark Clattenburg in relation to the notorious Chelsea v Tottenham game near the end of the 2015/16 season.

In an interview he has […]

The antidote to transfer rumours: real insights into who we are signing in January

By Tony Attwood

I recently wrote a little piece trying to show how journalists create a piece of fantasy transfer news ahead of a transfer window, and did this by looking at our goalkeeping situation, the insane tales from last summer relating to keepers, and then adding in what I thought would actually happen. A […]

Contempt: the prime way in which broadcasters and clubs and the FA treat football fans

By Tony Attwood . There’s been a bit of annoyance spreading in the world of football of late. First off we had “the inability to confirm the time and date of the Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United Premier League fixture in late December is both unacceptable to fans and symptomatic of a deeper […]

It’s time for Mr Gazidis to act!

By Tony Attwood

I knew before I started the three hour journey from my home to the ground that I shouldn’t have gone. Not because I feared for the result – I had hoped we could win, or at the very least take a draw – but because I had been coming down with a […]

Arsenal – Man Utd 1-3 or 1-1 or 2-1 or even 6-3 if it hadn’t been for….

By Walter Broeckx

If there is anything you cannot afford to do against Manchester United it is to give them a two goal advantage in the first 10 minutes. And that is exactly what we did.

First Koscielny with a bad diagonal ball to Kolasinac that was intercepted by Valencia who could go on and […]